BIO

Werker is initiated by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos in Amsterdam in 2009.

Werker is currently Artist in Residence at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2020–2022).

Werker teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2013–present), and has been teaching at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2020–2021) and the Dutch Art Institute, Roaming Academy, ArtEZ University of the Arts (2018–2019).

Collections

  • 2019 Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2018 Camera Austria Library. Graz, Austria.
  • 2017 Centro de documentación MUSAC. León, Spain.
  • 2016 Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • 2016 Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2016 Museum of Modern Art Library. New York, USA.
  • 2016 Fondazione MAST. Bologna, Italy.
  • 2015 Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2013 Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Solo shows

  • 2021 Textiles of Resistance: Growing, Weaving, Printing, Archiving. Sonsbeek20→24. Force Times Distance / On Labour and its Sonic Ecologies. Sonsbeek, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
  • 2021 Rijks Open. Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2019 ‘werker 2 — a gestural history of the young worker’ 5th ural industrial biennial of contemporary art. yekaterinburg, russia.
  • 2018 ‘Werker 10 — Escola de Fotografia Popular’ Fundació Antoni Tàpies. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2018 ‘Queer 2 Peer Cine Club’ CCA Ujazdowsky Castle. Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2018 ‘365 Days of Invisible Work’ (with the Voice of Domestic Workers & the Jo Spence Memorial Archive) Tenderbooks. London, UK.
  • 2017 ‘Apprendre à ne pas travailler’ FRAC PACA. Marseille, France.
  • 2016 ‘Werker 2 — A Spoken History of the Young Worker’ Manifesta 11 Parallel Events. Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • 2015 ‘Werker 10 — Escuela de Fotografía Popular’ Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo. Móstoles, Spain.
  • 2013 ‘Werker Sweatshop’ García Galería. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2013 ‘Boy Politics’ Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2012 ‘Werker 7 – The Language of Revolution’ Espai Cultural Caja Madrid. Barcelona, Spain.

Group Shows

  • 2021 ‘MZHK-1980: Place on Earth’. 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. Yeltsin Center Gallery. Yekaterinburg, Russia.
  • 2020 ‘In the Presence of Absence: Proposals for the Museum Collection’ Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2019 ‘Der Amateur. Vom Bauhaus zu Instagram’ Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2019 ‘Setze barris, mil ciutats’ El Borsí. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2018 ‘A Short Century: MACBA Collection’ MACBA. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2018 ‘fanfare inc.’ Manifesta 12 Parallel Events. Palermo, Italy.
  • 2018 ‘2 Unlimited’ De Appel. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2018 ‘Fotografies com a espai públic’ Sala Bòlit. Girona, Spain.
  • 2017 ‘Fotografies com a espai públic’ Arts Santa Mónica. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2017 ‘Wat nu, Koetsier…?” Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2017 ‘Signals from the Periphery’ Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia.
  • 2017 ‘Collectivism: collectives and their quest for value’ FOAM. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2017 ‘All Heal (Valerian)’ Rongwrong. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016 ‘Imagineering — (Re)activating the Photographic’ Krakow Photomonth. Poland.
  • 2016 ‘Comercio de Rescate’ Galeria Servando. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2016 ‘Visceral Blue’ La Capella. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2015 ‘Motion, Labour, Machinery’ TENT. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2015 ‘Industry, Society and Territory’ Fondazione MAST. Bologna, Italy.
  • 2015 ‘Centro de Investigación Técnicamente Imprevisible’ Sala de Arte Joven. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2015 ‘Sin Oficio, ni Beneficio’ Collateral show of the XII Havana Biennial. Cuba.
  • 2015 ‘Beyond Evidence: An incomplete narratology of photographic truths’ Format festival. Derby, UK.
  • 2014 ‘Puisqu’on vous dit que c’est possible’ Saline Royale. Arc-et-Senans, France.
  • 2014 ‘On the Move’ Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 ‘Communal Knowledge’ The Showroom. London, UK.
  • 2014 ‘Soft [cover] revolution’ Indisciplinadas. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2014 ‘Prospects & Concepts’ Mondriaan Fonds. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 ‘Commonplaces’ Can Felipa. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2013 ‘The Grand Domestic Revolution—GOES ON’ City of Woman. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 2013 ‘Reading’ Leo Xu Projects. Shanghai, China.
  • 2013 ‘(des)okupados’ Kiosko Galería. Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
  • 2013 ‘Public Relations’ 1st of May Public Library. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2012 ‘Born in Flames – Resistance’ Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2012 ‘Our Work is Never Over’ Matadero (PHotoEspaña). Madrid, Spain.
  • 2011 ‘The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual’ Casco. Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 2011 ‘Informality. Art, economics, precarity’ Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. The Netherlands.
  • 2011 ‘ 1979, A Monument to Radical Instants’ La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2009 ‘End-exam Show’ Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Grants, residencies & awards

  • 2020–2021 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2018 Project grant. Art for change. La Caixa Obra Social. Barcelona, Spain. 
  • 2018 Art residency. U-jazdowski. Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2017 Art residency. Publication REBEL REBEL. FRAC PACA. Marseille, France.
  • 2017 Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent. Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands.
  • 2016 Photobook Awards 2016. Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.
  • 2016 Exhibition grant. Werker 2 — A Spoken History of the Young Worker. Mondriaan fonds. The Netherlands.
  • 2015 Production grant. Werker 3 — 365 Days of Invisible Work. Stimuleringfonds, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 GD4PhotoArt Competition: Industry, Society and Territory. Fondazione MAST. Bologna, Italy.
  • 2014 Art residency. Werker 10 — Community Darkroom. Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans, France.
  • 2013 Research grant. Werker 3 — Bilderkritik. Stimuleringsfonds, The Netherlands.
  • 2013 Talentontwikkeling. Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie, The Netherlands.
  • 2012 Production grant. Werker 6 — Cinema Diary. AFK, The Netherlands.
  • 2012 Startstipendium. Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands.
  • 2010 Startstipendium. The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

Teaching

  • 2021 ‘reassessing colour from the margins’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2021 ‘issue 0—kiosk’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2020–2021 ‘the right to rest’ with julia morandeira arrizabalaga. collective practices research program. kkh stockholm, sweden.
  • 2020 ‘technologies of care’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2020 ‘(un)spoken archives’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands. broadcasted on radio alhara (palestine) and ja ja ja nee nee nee (the netherlands).
  • 2019 ‘making nothing out of something: improvising writing and publishing in relation to practices of resistance’ tutor team: jorinde seijdel, florian göttke, werker collective. partner: open!
  • 2018 ‘the insurgent family: reassessing the anthropocene’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2017 ‘the very house of difference: self-publishing & togetherness’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2017 ‘image + agency = change’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2017 ‘self is plural: the construction of an alternate ego’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2016 ‘parallel curriculum’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2016 ‘manual to leisure’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2016 ‘(un)common views’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2014 ‘all you can read!’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2013 ‘werker 9 — radical sports centre’ gerrit rietveld academie. amsterdam, the netherlands.

Workshops & Events

  • 2021 ‘Textiles of Resistance: Growing, Weaving, Printing, Archiving‘ with Art Worker Rights, Queer Reproduction, We Sell Reality and studio bonbon. Rijksakdemie van Beeldende Kusten & Sonsbeek 20/24, The Netherlands.
  • 2021 ‘Art Practice and its Significance’ Mehrdimensionale Strategien. Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany.
  • 2021 ‘Imaging the Sonic’ Decolonial Futures exchange program. Sonsbeek 20/24, Sandberg Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Framer Framed, Amsterdam and Funda Community College, Soweto.
  • 2021 ‘Communal Knowledge‘ MRes Art: Exhibition Studies. Central Saint-Martins. London, UK.
  • 2020 ‘Community / Care / Laboratory’ Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Fine Arts Academy, Katowice and the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw.
  • 2020 ‘weaving counter-archives’ ÉSAD Valence, France.
  • 2019 ‘(un)Common Views’ EKA. Tallin, Estonia.
  • 2019 ‘The Giant Floating Eyeball’ KABK. Den Haag, The Netherlands.
  • 2019 ‘Werker Materials 4/5/6 — Memòria popular d’un barri obrer’ Sala Pepita Casanellas, Barcelona.
  • 2018 ‘Queer 2 Peer Cine Club’ (Series of 4 screenings, debates & workshop) CAC Vilnius, Lituania.
  • 2018 ‘365 Days of Invisible Work’ with Taula en Defensa dels drets de les treballadores de la llar i les cures. MACBA, Barcelona.
  • 2018 ‘Bilderkritik 11 — Street’ Casco, Utrecht.
  • 2018 ‘Preliminary Studies Towards de Nieuwe Nieuwsmarkt’ with Rietlanden Women’s Office & Experimental Jetset. De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2018 ‘Queer 2 Peer Cine Club’ (Series of 4 screenings & debates) CCA Ujazdowsky Castle. Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2018 ‘Werker 10 — Escola de Fotografia Popular’ (Series of 12 Workshops with Dar Chabab, Baixem al Carrer, Susoespai & Table in Defence of House, Care Workers & Cleaners). Fundació Antoni Tàpies. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2017 ‘Salon REBEL REBEL: Fanzine, Art & Culture’ FRAC PACA. Marseille, France.
  • 2017 ‘The best photography books of the year’ PHotoEspaña. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2017 ‘Collaboration: The Essence of Counter-Culture’ FOAM. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016 ‘Werker 2 — Image Act’ Master of Voice, Sandberg Institute. San Serriffe. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016 ‘Retrouvailles’ Fanfare. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016 ‘The Applicant’ Lisette Smits. Embassy of the Netherlands. Berlin, Germany.
  • 2016 ‘Communal Knowledge at Work’ The Showroom. London, UK.
  • 2016 ‘Working Together’ Wysing Arts Centre. Focal Point Gallery. Southend-on-Sea, UK.
  • 2015 ‘Young Worker’s Camera’ TENT. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015 ‘12th Historical Materialism Conference’ SOAS, University of London, UK.
  • 2015 ‘Werker Magazine & Julian Stallabras’ Courtauld Institute of Art. London, UK.
  • 2015 ‘Werker Magazine & Jorge Ribalta’ University College of London, UK.
  • 2015 ‘Work + work + workshop’ Tetterode M4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2015 ‘Social Art Map’ J4DW, Werker Magazine & Louise Shelley. Birkbeck University. London, UK.
  • 2015 ‘Werker Magazine & Willem de Kooning’ De Punt. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2015 ‘On the move: Image-text-print-screen’ Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2015 ‘Bilderkritik 9 — Office’ Critical Studies, Sandberg Institute. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 ‘Sin Oficio, ni beneficio’ Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales. La Habana, Cuba.
  • 2014 ‘Colonialismo interno y ciudadanías del sur’ Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2014 ‘New grammars of the body in protest’ Kunstraum. London, UK.
  • 2014 ‘Bilderkritik 8 – Bathroom’ Domestic Work is Work. Tensta Konsthall. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2014 ‘Bilderkritik 7 – Livingroom’ Indisciplinadas. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2014 ‘Werker 10 – Community Darkroom’ INBA. Tetouan, Morocco.
  • 2014 ‘Werker 7 – The Language of Revolution’ San Serriffe. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 ‘Bilderkritik 6 – Bedroom’ with Sindihogar / Sindillar, Can Felipa. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2014 ‘Werker 10 – Escuela de Fotografía Popular’ Centro de Arte dos de Mayo. Móstoles, Spain.
  • 2014 ‘Puisqu’on vous dit que c’est possible’ ISBA. Besançon, France.
  • 2014 ‘Communal Knowledge’ The Showroom. London, UK.
  • 2014 ‘Ce qu’exposer peut dire’ ISBA. Besançon, France.
  • 2013 ‘Werker 6 — Cinema Diary’ San Serriffe. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2013 ‘Offprint’ Art publishing fair. Beaux-arts de Paris, France.
  • 2013 ‘Imagenes que ocupan plazas’ Centro de Arte dos de Mayo. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2013 ‘Marginal Studies’ Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2013 ‘Bilderkritik 3—Laundry’ Work Like This. Tate Modern, London, UK.
  • 2013 ‘Pero…¿esto es arte?’ Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2013 ‘Bilderkritik 2—Doors & Windows’ with Justice for Domestic Workers. The Showroom. London, UK.
  • 2013 ‘Revolution at Point Zero’ with Silvia Federici. Casco. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2013 ‘Plat(t)form 2013’ Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • 2012 ‘Ask! (Actie Schone Kunsten) & Justice for Domestic Workers’ The Showroom. London, UK.
  • 2012 ‘Werker Overview’ Composició de lloc III. La Central del Raval, Barcelona.
  • 2012 ‘Werker goes to The NY ArtBook Fair’ Casco & Witte de With. The NY ArtBook Fair, U.S.A.
  • 2012 ‘Access Denied. Conference on Social Protection and Migration’ UvA. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2011 ‘Kitchen 139’. Ask! & Werker Magazine. W139. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2011 ‘See it Again, Say it Again: The Artist as Researcher’ SMBA. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2011 ‘Town meeting: Respect and Recognition for Domestic Work’ Casco. Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 2011 ‘Informality – A new collectivity‘ Ask! (Actie Schone Kunsten). SMBA, The Netherlands.
  • 2011 ‘Ignite Amsterdam 8 / Pièce de Résistance‘. Mediamatic. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2009 ‘Contemporary Art Screen Zuidas‘ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Publications

  • 2022 (upcoming) ‘Werker 2—A Gestural History of the Young Worker’ Werker & Spector Books. Amsterdam / Leipzig, The Netherlands / Germany.
  • 2021 ‘Reading gender & sexuality through selected images from the domestic worker photographer network’ Identity is the crisis. Counter-Signals #4. Chicago, U.S.A.
  • 2021 ‘We had Plans’ (contribution) Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2020 ‘Collectively: Thinking, Working, Living Together’ (contribution) Anne Klontz and Johan Pousette. IASPIS. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2019 ‘Werker Materials 4/5/6—Memòria popular d’un barri obrer’ Pla de Barris, Ajuntament de Barcelona. Spain.
  • 2018 ‘Why Exhibit? Positions on Exhibiting Photographies’ Why Not… Gather Together?! by Lars Willumeit. FW: Books, Amsterdam.
  • 2018 ‘10 Minutes Photography Course’ fanfare inc. Chapter 2: Tools. (contribution) Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2017 ‘Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement. A. Jeffers, G. Moriarty. Bloomsbury. London, UK.
  • 2017 ‘Werker Correspondent’ Collaborate! FOAM Amsterdam. The Netherlands.
  • 2017 ‘10 Minutes Photography Course’ (contribution) Extra Magazine. Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Belgium.
  • 2017 ‘365 Days of Invisible Work’ Spector Books. Leipzig Germany.
  • 2017 ‘Werker Correspondent 1 — My School Stinks’ Mustapha Alaoui. Fez, Morocco.
  • 2017 ‘Werker Correspondent 0 — The Work of Youth after School Season’ Bilal Loukili. Meknès, Morocco.
  • 2017 ‘Schooling & Culture Vol.2 Issue 1: The State We are In’ (design & contribution). London, UK.
  • 2016 ‘Masterworks of Industrial Photography’ (catalog). Fondazione MAST. Bologna, Italy.
  • 2016 Werker 2 — A Spoken History of the Young Worker. (self-published). Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016 Visceral Blue (catalog). Barcelona Producció. La Capella, Barcelona.
  • 2016 To be Continued (contribution). Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2016 The (Un)becomings of Photography (catalog). Krakow Photomonth Festival. Poland
  • 2015 Photography meets Industry (catalog). Fondazione MAST. Bologna, Italy.
  • 2015 Centro de Investigación Técnicamente Imprevisible (catalog). Sala de Arte Joven. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2015 Puisqu’on vous dit que c’est possible (catalog). Revue D’Ailleurs. ISBA. Besançon, France.
  • 2014 The Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook (catalog). Casco. Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 On the Move (catalog). Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 Project 1975 (catalog). SMBA. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2014 Prospects & Concepts (catalog). Mondriaan Fonds. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2013 Werker 6 – Cinema Diary (self-published). Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2012 Leyendas del Centro (catalog). Espai Cultural Caja Madrid. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2012 Werker 7 – The Language of Revolution (self-published). Espai Cultural Caja Madrid. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2012 Our Work is Never Over (catalog). Matadero Madrid, PHotoEspaña. Madrid, Spain.
  • 2012 Werker 5 – Photography Lesson 1 (contribution). Scapegoat journal, Issue 02. Toronto, Canada.
  • 2011 Werker 2 – A Visual History of the Young Worker (self-published). La Virreina. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2009 Werker ABC—An Illustrated Post-Marxist Reader (self-published). Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Press

  • 2021 ‘Sonic Spectres’ Eva Scharrer. Spike Art Magazine. Vienna, Austria.
  • 2021 ‘Review of Sonsbeek 20/24’ Ben Livne Weitzman. Arts of the Working Class. Berlin, Germany.
  • 2021 ‘Wij zijn hier voor de lange termijn’ Domeniek Ruyters. Metropolis M. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2021 ‘Aufarbeitung, Versöhnung, Heilung?’ Nicola Kuhn. Der Tagesspiegel. Berlin, Germany.
  • 2021 ‘We had Plans’ Anna van Leeuwen and Sarah van Binsbergen. Volksrant. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2020 ‘Performing Preformations: Elements for a Historical Formalism. Sven Lütticken. E-flux Journal. New York, USA.
  • 2020 ‘Tips for Binge-Watching During a National Lockdown’ Maja Klaassens. Vu Art & Culture. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2020 ‘Imaging Dissent: Towards Becoming a Common Subject’ Werker Collective. Art & Education. E-flux. New York, USA.
  • 2019 ‘A union of work and desire’ Georgy Mamedov. Tribune Magazine. London, UK.
  • 2019 ‘Roaming as a way of schooling’ DAI in Sardinia. Giulia Crispiani. Metropolis M. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2018 ‘365 days of invisible work’ camera austria international 142.
  • 2017 ‘werker collective and the worker photographers: taking back control of the image’ charlie clemoes. novara media. london, uk.
  • 2016 ‘is the personal still the political?’ siona wilson. exit theory. british art studies #4. london, u.k.
  • 2016 ‘o dyscyplinowanym i erotyzowanym ciele mlodego robotnika’ nowa orgia mysli. poland.
  • 2013 werker sweatshop y los abecedarios del conflicto. a*desk, barcelona, spain.
  • 2013 fotografía para leer. el país, madrid, spain.
  • 2013 werker sweatshop: la vida penosa de los artistas. el país, madrid, spain.
  • 2011 stedelijk museum bureau amsterdam. the visual artbeat, issue 7. salzburg, austria.
  • 2011 de eindjes aan elkaar knopen. tubelight. amsterdam, the netherlands.
  • 2011 alternatieven als antwoord op het kapitalisme. art. antwerpen, belgium.
  • 2011 1979, a monument to radical moments. frieze magazine. london, united kingdom.